Hawkeye Was Nearly in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier"

In anticipation of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier's" release on DVD/Blu-ray September 9, directors Joe and Anthony Russo have been making the press rounds to discuss the film and some of the little-known facts about it. The duo revealed a particularly juicy tidbit when speaking with Screenrant: Hawkeye was originally supposed to make an appearance in the film. Unfortunately, scheduling prevented Hawkeye actor Jeremy Renner from participating, and the scene eventually got cut.

"What it was going to be, we were trying to complicate the relationship between Cap and his S.H.I.E.L.D agent friends," Joe Russo told Screenrant. "If Hawkeye got a call from S.H.I.E.L.D saying Captain America is a fugitive, would he listen to that call or not listen to that call? That sequence actually was heartbreaking for us to cut it. I think it ultimately might have been a conflict with Renner's schedule. But there was a great sequence where Hawkeye was chasing Cap through Washington D.C. there was an awesome sequence where they confronted each other in a ravine on the outskirts of D.C. and Hawkeye was shooting a series of arrows closing in on Cap, Cap closing in on him. And then Cap took him down and he realized for the first time that Hawkeye was trying to trick S.H.I.E.L.D, where he whispered something into Cap's ear that Cap had a tracker on his suit and to punch Hawkeye to make it look real, because there was a Quinjet hovering above where they were watching the feedback back at S.H.I.E.L.D."

While the scene may have ended up on the cutting room floor, there were still small, subtle signs of his presence in the film -- most notably, the arrow necklace worn by Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow. Plus, Hawkeye definitely hasn't been left out in the cold. Renner has showed up in many "Avengers: Age of Ultron" behind-the-scenes photos, and the actor recently appeared on "Larry King Now," confirming that Hawkeye does not die in the anticipated sequel.

"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" hits on DVD/Blu-ray September 9. "Avengers: Age of Ultron" releases May 1, 2015.

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